Senior Technical Advisor (COVID-19 Response)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 July 2020
  • United States | New York City, New York, United States
  • Remote position
  • Closing on 7 August 2020
  • Current
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Job Description

The Senior Technical Advisor will be responsible for providing technical leadership for program planning and implementation across a number of countries supported by the Resolve to Save Lives Prevent Epidemics initiative. The initiative is currently supporting a number of countries to respond to COVID-19. The role will provide strategic guidance related to epidemic response while linking capacity building efforts to longer term preparedness when possible.

Under the direction of the Senior Vice President, Prevent Epidemics, the Senior Technical Advisor will provide technical inputs to the overall program, coordinate closely with in-country partners and stakeholders, and provide strategic guidance and technical support on program design, implementation, and evaluation. The incumbent will work remotely, though may ultimately be expected to be based in our New York offices. Once current travel restrictions are lifted, the role is likely to require up to 30% travel.

Specific Duties:

The Senior Technical Advisor will work under the guidance of the Senior Vice President, Prevent Epidemics. They will work collaboratively with the other members of the core Prevent Epidemics team as well as with in-country and global institutional partners and Resolve’s technical consultants. They will perform duties such as but not limited to the following:

  • Provide public health expertise and creative problem-solving using innovative approaches to support the overall development and execution of epidemic preparedness and response activities
  • Provide support to adapt and implement COVID – 19 strategies with a focus on using data to effectively guide response planning
  • Support the development of new initiatives to improve epidemic preparedness and response in low resource settings
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders including Ministries of Health, the World Bank, UN organizations, and national implementing partners, providing strategic and technical guidance as requested
  • Work closely with national partners to support planning and implementation of key capacity building interventions
  • Identify useful metrics and contribute to program evaluation and use of program monitoring and evaluation data to continuously improve programs
  • Undertake analysis and facilitate the development, adoption, adaptation and validation of new methods, tools and global policy guidance and good practices for COVID control, such as implementation of surveillance measures and alert-level systems
  • Provide strategic guidance on prioritization and implementation of activities, and ensure successful execution of projects in a timely manner
  • Submit regular progress updates by focus area and country which will inform progress reports for executive leadership and donors
  • Represent the Resolve to Prevent Epidemics Initiative at meetings with implementing partners and donors

Required skills and qualifications:

  • 8+ years’ experience working on global health projects with strong data analysis or evaluation components
  • Demonstrated experience with disease prevention and control programming efforts and/or emergency preparedness and response
  • Post-graduate degree in relevant field (e.g. public health, epidemiology, medicine or other health profession)
  • Experience working in low- and middle-income countries
  • Experience using epidemiologic data for program planning and implementation
  • Knowledge of and experience with core public health program principles including contact tracing, surveillance, risk communication, operational response planning
  • Exceptional planning and project management skills
  • Training and capacity building skills and experience and the ability to work with development partners/stakeholders
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and self-directed as well as across cultures and in a team composed of a broad range of stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills (both written and verbal) including well-honed facilitation, negotiation and diplomacy skills
  • Detail-orientated, hard-working self-starter with a positive attitude, and willingness to learn
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and other productivity tools (e.g. Slack,, cloud-based storage)

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